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Japan's Kawasaki Ki-64 fighter
Allied code name: Rob

Design

Takeo Doi designed an unusual fighter in 1939. The Japanese Army wanted a more orthodox design. However, in October 1940 the design was approved to go forward.

Engine

The engine selected was the Kawasaki Ha-201 which was two Ha-40 twelve cylinder engines mounted in tandem in front of and behind the cockpit. The forward engine drove the rear fixed pitch propeller. The rear engine drove the front variable pitch propeller.

The engines used the wings for cooling. The front engine used the port wing and the rear engine used the starboard wing.

Prototype

In December 1943 five test flights were conducted until the rear engine developed a fire in the prototype. Akashi was to repair the engine, but it was never completed before the end of World War II. The airframe was captured at Gifu.

Production

  • Prototype: 1
    • Production: December 1943

Variants

  • Kawasaki Ki-64:
  • Kawasaki Ki-64 KAI: Was proposed to have a Ha-201 engine (2,800 HP). These were two constant speed contra rotating propellers. Maximum speed was thought to be 497 mph / 800 kph. Project cancelled.

Specifications

  Ki-64
Type Fighter
Crew 1
Engine (Type) Kawasaki Ha-201
Cylinders Inverted V 24
Cooling Liquid
Net HP 2,350
Propeller blades 2: 3 blade contra rotating
Dimensions  
Span 44' 3.5"
13.5 m
Length 36' 2.25"
11.03 m
Height 13' 11 5/16"
4.25 m
Wing area 301.388 sq ft
28 sq m
Weight  
Empty 8,929 lb
4,050 kg
Loaded 11,244 lb
5,100 kg
Performance  
Speed at 16,405' / 5,000 m 429 mph
690 kph
Climb to 16,405' / 5,000 m 5 minutes 30 seconds
Service ceiling 39,370'
12,000 m
Range 621 miles
1,000 km
Armament  
Nose 2: 20 mm Ho-5
Wings 2: 20 mm Ho-5

Sources:

  1. Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific War, René J Francillon, 1970
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site